1989 Fiat Tipo Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1989 Fiat Tipo DGT 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired47000 miles
Most recent distance49000 miles
Previous carCitroen ZX

Summary:

Cheap and cheerful, with bags of character and kit for the cash!

Faults:

Digital dashboard failed - they're expensive, but can still be sourced through scrapyards (check not just sender unit (much cheaper) rather than faulty display).

Starter motor solenoid.

Front calipers seized.

All locks inoperable other than drivers door.

Leak in spare tyre well.

General Comments:

Lackluster carb response, and any incline requires an effort to stay at motorway speeds.

Quirky digital dashboard, but amusing in the dark - particularly useful to know exact speed given number of speed cameras in the UK!

Excellent road handling for an old car, comfortable and hardwearing interior.

Very economical if driven sensibly, averaging 42mpg at 70, push it to 80mph and it tumbles 30mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2002

1989 Fiat Tipo DGT 1.6 from Austria

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 kilometres
Most recent distance155000 kilometres

Summary:

I love this car... I never had problems with it!

Faults:

The catalytic converter broke at 140000km.

General Comments:

The Fiat Tipo is very spacious and it handles like a go-kart.

I love the design of this car! It looks much better than for example a VW Golf.

I have changed the tires to dimension 205/50/15 and now I can drive it very sportive.

On the other side it is quite loud inside from 130km/h upwards!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2001

1989 Fiat Tipo DGT 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance106000 miles
Previous carFiat Uno

Summary:

Depressing!!!!!

Faults:

Front subframe rotted & had to be replaced.

Rocker cover cracked.

Oil leaks.

Electric window failed & various other electrical faults.

Alternator & starter motor failed.

Ball joints had to be replaced.

Central locking on hatchback failed.

General Comments:

Doesn't seem to rust. I would never buy another Fiat - they are useless in wet or maritime climates.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th August, 2000

1989 Fiat Tipo Basic Model 1.4 (72hp carb.) from Spain

Year of manufacture1989
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 1.4 (72hp carb.) Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance166000 kilometres
Previous carTalbot Horizon

Faults:

In the last year I had it, it started to have electric problems, but apart from that and a couple of minor oil leaks in the valve cover, reliability was excellent.

General Comments:

Fantastic car with lots of room, great handling, except for excess understeering in really hard cornering, honest if not exciting performance and sensible fuel consumption.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd March, 2000

1989 Fiat Tipo DGT 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 1.4
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10

General Comments:

Good value for money compared with Escorts. However is quite unreliable, although all problems are small, never big and expensive. Dealers however deserve to be shot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th October, 1999

1989 Fiat Tipo DGT 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10

Faults:

Two cylinder head gaskets replaced.

Offside front brake pads replaced, approx every 4,000 miles. Callipers and brake discs replaced three times. Brakes noisy from new. Gearbox replaced twice. Sunroof motor replaced. Clutch cable snapped at 15,000 miles. Very high and uneven rate of tyre wear from new. Many electrical failures, bad connections etc. Water pump replaced. Oil leaks from engine and gear box. Rattles and water leaks. Drive shaft replaced. Poor and fragile plastic trim.

General Comments:

Bought new, overheated on first day, and was unreliable thereafter. When it was going well the performance was good. A comfortable and roomy car, spoilt by poor build quality. The service provided by the dealer was awful, they never cured the brakes and some of the other defects.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th September, 1997

26th Nov 2007, 10:58

I think these are good comments for Fiat to take on board to help with improvements, but I would like to add that I have had many Fiats over the years and have never had one as bad as this one.

If this is all true then you have been one very unlucky person indeed, bet you if you were to have a new Fiat (post new Panda) you would be saying different. much improved these days.

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 10 reviews